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News and links of my latest fictitious crime and criticism:

"Just To Be Different" (Shifting Gears Blog Event)

"Connect the Dots" (Love Hurts Blog Event)

"Another Life" (Shred of Evidence)

"Should old acquaintance be forgot?" (S.J. Rozan's Six Word Stories)

Mysterical Eye: On TV and Film

"It's getting to be that time of year" (S.J. Rozan's Six Word Stories)

"Have You Seen Savannah Frye?" (Muzzle Flash)

DVD Review: NCIS The Fourth Season (Crimespree Cinema)

DVD Review: Shark Season One (Crimespree Cinema)

"A thief tried to break-and-enter..." for The Rap Sheet Limerick Contest

Goodnight, Moneypenny: A Tribute to Lois Maxwell at Crimespree Cinema

The Fortress of So-litude

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New York
About Me:
Editor of The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly; reviewer of fiction, film, and TV; moderator of DetecToday, Spenser's Sneakers, and CrimeSeen.
I Am A:
Writer, Editor, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker, Jeremiah Healy, Robert Crais, S.J. Rozan
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
NCIS, Bones, Burn Notice, Leverage, The Big Bang Theory

Gerald So's Blog

THE 5-2: CRIME POETRY WEEKLY Seeks Christmas and New Year's Poetry

I'm seeking poems to run on The 5-2 the weeks of December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012. The poems can involve Christmas, any holidays around the same time, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day. The submission deadline is December 1, 2011, and the usual guidelines apply.

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 5:21am

New Weekly Crime Poetry Site

Two of my co-editors on The Lineup: Poems on Crime #4 decided to step down as their own projects and day jobs have gotten busier. In turn, I've decided to move on to a poem-of-the-week website format I'm calling The 5-2.

The guidelines are at

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 12:00am


Celebrate April, National Poetry Month, by picking up a copy of THE LINEUP. Our latest issue features chilling verse by Patricia Abbott, Joe Barnes, Henry Chang, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sarah Cortez, Michael A. Flanagan, Anne Frasier, James W. Hall, David Hernandez, Amy MacLennan, Carrie McGath, James M. McGowan, Kristine Ong Muslim, David S. Pointer, James Sallis, Jackie Sheeler, Wallace Stroby, Larry D. Thomas, and Francine Witte.

THE LINEUP in stock at Murder By the Book (Houston, TX),… Continue

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:30am

R.I.P. Robert B. Parker

I first heard the news from Ali Karim on Twitter Tuesday morning. Then Sarah Weinman posted the news as relayed by Parker's U.K. publisher Quercus that he had died "just sitting at his desk." Having said many times he would keep writing novels until a) he died, or b) no one bought them, I think this is just how he'd want to go.

Parker's Spenser was the first P.I. series I read, over the summer of 1993. By summer's end I'd caught up to his current book. Six years later, I was known on… Continue

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 5:56am


The third issue of The Lineup officially goes on sale April 1, 2010. Edited by me with Sarah Cortez, R. Narvaez, and Anthony Rainone, it will feature work by:

Patricia Abbott

Joe Barnes

Henry Chang

Reed Farrel Coleman

Sarah Cortez

Michael A. Flanagan

Anne Frasier

James W. Hall

David Hernandez

Amy MacLennan

Carrie McGath

James M. McGowan

Kristine Ong Muslim

David S. Pointer

James Sallis

Jackie… Continue

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 5:54am

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At 6:02pm on February 12, 2009, Tom Cooke said…
THAT DAMN CALAHAN GIRL will be enroute to T.D by the first of the week. Mythica Publsihing just accepted my novel and I've been buried trying to get P.R. together for the launch. . I hope you like it because I tried to scale it to your magazine. Thrillling Detective would be A real feather in my cap .

At 2:21am on February 9, 2009, Tom Cooke said…
Really like the picture. Of course a guy with a cat on his head would.
At 6:10am on October 17, 2008, Dana King said…
Thanks for the invite. I'm still getting caught up from Bouchercon, or I would have invited you already. It was a pleasure to get to hang with you on Saturday. Looking forward to Indy already.
At 11:41am on July 13, 2008, Cormac Brown said…
Hi Gerald,

Thank you for accepting the invite, I appreciate it.
At 2:19am on May 31, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Gerald
I enjoy your reviews. We like the same kind of stories.
At 10:58am on May 12, 2008, Tom Cooke said…
I didn't realize you were a member here. I have been a reader of Thrilling Detective since I stumbled across it years ago. Your predecessor was editing at the time I found it.

I almost had a heart attack when I pulled it up and saw the birthday page. I thought you guys were about to give up the ghost. I finally figured you were just on hiatus for a while so I survived.

I really enjoy the work you guys produce.Thank you for many entertaining hours.

Tom Cooke
San Antonio, Texas
At 12:23am on January 11, 2008, len howlett said…
Thanks, Gerald, I appreciate all of the acceptance I am receiving. I hope to contribute in some way. This seems like a great group of people with a lot of my same tastes and interests.Hope to hear from you again.
At 6:15am on January 7, 2008, len howlett said…
Hi, Gerald, I'm a brand new member and I clicked on to your page from Forum when I noticed a reference to 'Burn Notice.' I happened to view a couple of episodes of that show awhile back and I liked them, which is rare since I don't like much new crime tv. Anyway, thought I'd give you my best before continuing my initial exploration of the site.
Len Howlett
At 9:47pm on April 25, 2007, Gerald So said…
Thanks for the kind words, Tony. I leave the reviews of online stories to the others on NBS. As Thrilling Detective Fiction Editor, I don't want to seen as favoring or criticizing another e-zine. Feel free to ask the others, though.

Taking off my reviewer hat, it's great to see a new mag on the block. I may have a bloody, violent story for you soon.
At 7:01pm on April 25, 2007, Tony Black said…
Hey Gerald - thanks for the link-up.
Just lurve your Nasty Brutish Short stuff. Why dont'cha take a look at Pulp Pusher where there's some very nasty, very brutish and kinda short stories worthy of your critical powers!

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